Undergraduate Admission Blog

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All posts by: Courtney Wilk

February 7, 2014



          It’s hard to believe that today is my last day as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC.
My colleagues can tell you that my favorite part of this position has been the student interaction, both during recruitment and through writing for this blog. Blogging has enabled me to publicly unpack some the the questions and concerns regarding the admission process, in addition to allowing me the opportunity to highlight amazing programs and attributes of this dynamic institution.

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February 5, 2014

Auditioning for a Talent Program? Learn More!


          The college application process is stressful. Rigorous courses, challenging standardized tests, interviews, etc. On top of that, our creative friends who wish to pursue a B.F.A. in Theater or a performance major at Thornton also have the additional pressure of a live audition. We had the chance to speak with Sergio Ramirez of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, who answered some audition-related questions.

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January 9, 2014

Welcome Springies!


          On behalf of the entire USC Community, we here in the Admission Office want to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the Trojan family.

          We can’t wait to see you tomorrow for the first Spring Welcome event: A social at Tommy’s Place beginning at 6:00 PM. Friday is full of welcome events for you and your family, starting at 10:00 AM with a welcome from President C.L. Max Nikias at the Spring New Student Convocation.

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December 17, 2013

And Finally… New Student Blogger Katherine Grabar!


          Hi there! My name is Katherine Grabar. I am a junior at USC, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Critical Approaches to Leadership. I come from a “house divided” in Coto de Caza, California where my mother graduated from USC and my father graduated from UCLA. However, I had more than just my mother rooting for me to attend USC– her brother (my uncle) came here as well, and my great-great uncle played football for the Trojans back in the 1930s. When I gained admittance to both USC and UCLA, the choice was tough at first, but I quickly realized that USC was the right place for me. I chose USC for the close-knit feel I got on campus, the pride students had in being students at USC, the Trojan Family, and the feeling of home the campus gave.

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December 13, 2013

Mythbusters: From the Source!


          We know that there is a TON of information… err… rumors floating around on the school yard, on Facebook, and on those college message board sites, and we are here to help you get the factual information you are looking for. In this post, we hope to debunk some of those common myths about USC’s application procedure, and help you gain a better insight into how our process really works.

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December 7, 2013

New Student Blogger: Andrew Minassi!

          Hi everyone! My name is Andrew Minassi and I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering here at USC. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and like many others from here, I simply could not leave the amazing weather behind during my college career. When I was a senior in high school, I knew that I wanted to attend a university with a great deal of school spirit, and I had found just that at USC (and the fact that my older brother attended USC may have also played a role in influencing my desire to join the Trojan family).

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November 14, 2013

Resources for Veterans

          USC currently has about 900 veterans at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is deeply committed to providing veterans with various support services. There are many resources that will help you both initiate your education benefits as well as assist you with the transition to campus life.

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October 31, 2013

Senior Slump? Snap Out of It!

          We know you have worked very hard over the last few years, taking all of those challenging courses, getting involved in numerous extracurriculars, taking on leadership positions, etc. And, you’re undoubtedly working very hard now on your college applications. You may feel very tempted to put off your school work in favor of other, more exciting opportunities (senior ditch day, anyone?) But trust us, now is not the time to slack off.

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September 19, 2013

Asking for Letters of Recommendations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

          Asking a teacher to write you a letter of recommendation can be a daunting task. For one thing, most of the time, you will never actually see what they write about you, so there is a lot of trust that goes into the process. And two, they could say no, which might make you wonder if they were actually too busy, or if they just didn’t have enough nice things to say about you to fill up an entire page!

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September 6, 2013

Hey Parents! Listen Up!

9564145881_2d140619a0_b           Parents play an important role in the entire college process. Often times, parents help subsidize some, if not all, of the cost of attending a college or university, and are always there to ask those specific “parent” questions that you as students can’t be bothered with (really mom, did you need to ask the tour guide when the last meningitis outbreak was?)

          However, there are instances where parents must take a back seat and allow their sons and daughters to ask the hard questions. Here, we have a compiled a list of “dos and donts” about parenting during the college search and application process:

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